The Truth About Cavities

Best Dentist 4 Kids - The Truth about Cavities

The "Mouth Monsters" of Pediatric Dental Care

Cavities. They're the bane of parents, children, and pediatric dentists everywhere. Though they often start out small, it doesn't take much for a little cavity to turn into a big pain! Sometimes, no matter how often or well a child may brush and floss, cavities can still happen

The recipe for these mouth monsters calls for the perfect combination of hard to brush places, sugary fuel, and, most importantly, the right combination of hungry mouth-dwelling bacteria. Which brings us to our next point – the significance of family dental history.

Family History: "Well, soft teeth run in the family."

Science Fact: mutans streptococcus is a family of bacteria known for causing cavities & tooth decayNot exactly...while family history can play a huge roll in whether or not a child will be prone to cavities, there's no such thing as gene for "soft" cavity-prone teeth that can be passed from generation to generation.

In reality, when children are born their mouths don't contain certain types of bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Studies have proven that the majority of children actually "catch" these cavity-causing bacteria from a family member, often before they reach the age of 2.

Sometimes referred to as Maternal-Child Transmission, any family member (though it is usually the mother) who has had cavities can pass cariogenic or decay-causing bacteria to a child by means of their saliva. Once present in the child's mouth, these cavity-causing bacteria can exist their for a lifetime. 

While there's no such thing as "soft teeth," sugar-loving bacteria that can be passed from person-to-person are both real and really good at causing cavities!

Winning the Fight Against Cavities 

Even though most of our mouths are home to the kinds of bacteria that are great at causing cavities, there's no reason why we have to miss out on great oral hygiene and health. 

For parents looking to help their children stay as happy and healthy as possible – there's still plenty of hope!

As always, a healthy and cavity-free smile depends on:

  • Brushing Regularly – At least twice a day (and ideally after meals).
  • Flossing Regularly – Being sure to get even the hard to reach places.
  • A Healthy Diet – A healthy and nutritious diet (that minimizes sugary sweets) is key!
  • Regular Trips to Your Pediatric Dentist – Along with great habits at home, regular trips to the dentist's office are the best way to make sure your child's smile stays bright (and that any instances of tooth decay can be nipped in the bud). 

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